The ball game is in fourth quarter—two minutes left, your team is in control with the ball and a small lead. Your QB is playing it safe. Burning off the clock to protect the lead and the win is what your team is doing.
You’re nervously waiting for the clock to reach “00:00”.
Playing it safe with women voters
We’ve seen Governor Romney rising up to catch—and even pass—President Obama in national polls as well as polls in important swing states such as Florida, Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
We know from these polls that Romney gaining momentum in these polls with increased support from women—the group that Obama has enjoyed an advantage by double digit margin. Romney has cut an 11% Obama advantage down to only 6%—based on the latest POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll.
And we know the last thing Romney wants voters to liken him with President Bush who is blamed for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars..
And despite what Democrats may think, the most important issues to women voters probably are economy and jobs. Not abortion—not that easy to overturn “Roe vs Wade”. And not free contraceptives. Women cares about economy and jobs—jobs for themselves, jobs for their husbands, and jobs for their college graduates.
So, Romney decided to play it safe.
Romney vs Obama
Romney did not politicize the Benghazi issue. There is no need to remind voters how the Obama administration failed to protect Americans and did not go after the terrorists there—the media has been doing that so well.
Romney believes in helping Middle East with economic development through aid, better education, equality in gender, and creation of civil societies.
While they both agreed an Iran with nuclear weapon is not acceptable, Romney reminded voters that Iran is now 4 years closer to nuclear weapon due to weak leadership from Obama. Romney would tighten sanctions with Iran—Obama administration actually delayed the sanctions at first.
It’s also the last debate—the last chance millions of voters will see the 2 candidates together. What did they see? They saw a calm, in-control but yet still aggressive Romney. He still did not let one charge from Obama gone without an answer. He presented his 5-point plan clearly again. In comparison, the voters also saw an angry, ready-to-attack Obama who perhaps overplayed the aggressive role that he did not have in the first debate. And he still missed yet another chance to present his case in national TV audience—why should he deserve another 4 years to the 18.8 million unemployed and 47 million food-stamp dependents.
Quotes from the debate
“…attacking me is not an agenda. Attacking me is not talking about how we’re going to deal with the challenges that exist in the Middle East and take advantage of the opportunity there and stem the tide of this violence…”—Romney used this line after Obama opened the debates with attacks after attacks on Romney. By remaining calm and explaining policy, Romney looked more presidential than Obama who was so eager to attack. Perhaps, Obama wanted to make up for his lackluster performance in the first debate.
“…I don’t want to have our military involved in — in Syria…”—and…
“…I absolutely believe that America has a — a responsibility and the privilege of helping defend freedom and promote the principles that — that make the world more peaceful…”—reassurances to the voters he is for peace first and will not start wars easily.
“…America must be strong. America must lead…”
“America’s going to have that kind of leadership and continue to promote principles of peace that’ll make a world the safer place and make people in this country more confident that their future is secure…”—a peaceful and safe world is what Romney wanted the voters to take away from this foreign policy debate.
“I also want to make sure that we get this economy going… One is a path represented by the president, which, at the end of four years, would mean we’d have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece. I’ll get us on track to a balanced budget…”—peace through strength. America needs to be strong with a stronger economy.
“The president’s path means 20 million people out of work struggling for a good job. I’ll get people back to work with 12 million new jobs…”
“I’m going to make sure that we get people off of food stamps not by cutting the program but by getting them good jobs…”—to reassure that he is for all Americans including the struggling ones and to dispute the negative ads by Democrat that Romney only cares for the top 1%.
“America’s going to come back. And for that to happen, we’re going to have to have a president who can work across the aisle.I was in a state where my legislature was 87 percent Democrat. I learned how to get along on the other side of the aisle…And we’ll work with good Democrats and good Republicans to do that…”—Romney reminded voters the main problem with Washington DC has been no cooperation between Obama and congressional Republicans. Obama worked with Congress controlled by Pelosi and Reid during his first years. But the last 2 years, he has not worked with Congress and instead blamed Republicans. President Reagan had to work with Tip O’Neil. Bill Clinton had to work with Newt Gingrich. Barack Obama has not worked with John Boehner.
“…What you just heard Governor Romney said is he doesn’t have different ideas…”—not quite. Romney thought America should not defer to the U.N and Russia for leading the efforts dealing with Syria.
“…over the last four years, we’ve made real progress digging our way out of policies that gave us two prolonged wars, record deficits and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression…”—failed to bring economy recovery and blamed it on the economy crisis. And if he claims we’ve made real progress the last 4 years, he’s just proven to the voters that he is out of touch with realities.
“And I put forward a plan to make sure that we’re bringing manufacturing jobs back to our shores by rewarding companies and small businesses that are investing here not overseas…”—what he has proposed is for government to create tax loop holes for certain industries. It has not worked as we’ve still lost manufacturing jobs the last 4 years.
“…asking the wealthy to do a little bit more so that we can invest in things like research and technology that are the key to a 21st century economy…”—such as the $500 billion invested in bankrupt Solyndra and $249 million grant to bankrupt A123. Government should not make investments in private sectors. Government should create policies to promote technology and research for the future.
“And if I have the privilege of being your president for another four years, I promise you I will always listen to your voices…”—if you have listened to our voices, you would have worked with Congress that we elected in 2010. Those Representatives—Republican or Democrat—are our voices in Washington D.C, Mr. President!